Community Events

Lunar New Year Celebration

February 11, 2018 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Seattle’s Chinatown-International District

The Year of the Dog is almost here so don’t forget to save the date for the 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration! Over the last few years, the Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the largest event of its kind in the region and showcases diversity, richness and culture of the Asian community. The collaboration with other neighborhood businesses/organizations has helped draw thousands of visitors from throughout the region for a day of festivities. The celebration include traditional dragon and lion dances, Japanese Taiko Drumming, martial arts and other cultural performances on the Main StageCombined with arts, crafts and a variety of family friendly activities there is something for everyone.

Admission is free.

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Racism, Vulgar and Polite: The Discriminatory Inclusion of Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during WWII

Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM

SAAM Saturday University

Takashi Fujitani, University of Toronto

Seattle University, Pigott Hall Auditorium

Historically, Koreans in the Japanese empire and Japanese in the US empire have suffered discrimination. But how did their respective positions change as a result of wartime mobilization and a global war for hegemony in the Asia-Pacific? In this talk, Fujitani offers a challenging reinterpretation of racism and its transformations on both sides of the Pacific.

Takashi Fujitani is the Dr. David Chu Professor in Asia-Pacific Studies and Professor of History at the University of Toronto. He is the editor of Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s)(2001), and is the author of Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans during World War II(2013), and Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan (UC Press).

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.

UW students are free with student ID.


Panel / Q&A – Immigration and Workforce Diversity: Contrasting Issues for Japan and the United States

February 20, 2018 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM

William H. Gates Hall, Roo 138

Join the Asian Law Center for a panel discussion and Q&A lead by Justice Steven Gonzalez and featuring Yoshio Ishizaka, former President of Sales for Toyota Motor Corporation. Discussion will center on contrasting situations and approaches to workforce diversity and immigration issues in both the US and Japan.